Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Today in Extraordinarily Odd

According to a study conducted by the Unum Insurance Agency, 1 in 5 British people take days off because they have a hangover as opposed to say, a legitimate illness or are having an affair. The thing is, they only surveyed 500 people to get this result so the results might be mildly ambitious and you also have to ask how it was that an insurance agency went about asking questions in the first place. Furthermore, it’s easy to laugh and say obvious things like “Well, that’s just because English people are so uptight and depressed, the only way they can relax or deal with reality is to drink.” Yeah, it’s pretty easy to say stuff like that. [source]

A physics teacher in India has been arrested for giving 22 naughty students electric shocks from an exposed wire connected to a battery as punishment. According to the Associated Press physical punishment is illegal in Indian schools, but hitting students remains common in many parts of the country. Perhaps that’s actually why they were unruly. Everyone knows that kids only really respond to being physically beaten and abused every time they do something wrong. Especially those damned cocky alpha males who study physics and act like they know everything. They would probably respond really WELL to a good thrashing. Most kids I talk to like to be smacked in the head with a mallet for talking. My old English teacher somehow convinced me that when he did that to kids they were generally asking for it. Of course, my old English teacher was a celibate repressed homosexual so who knows how he came up with that logic. He used to wear a leather tie and leather hat. I mean, a leather tie AND hat. You could maybe get away with one or the other but rarely both. [source]

Reuters has revealed a list of some of the most memorable quotes of 2007 and the list includes “Don’t Tase Me, Bro” – which was first spoken by University of Florida student Andrew Meyer on September 17 when he was loudly protesting at a speech given by Senator John Kerry. It somehow managed to be so annoying that it hit a cultural nerve and now there are ring tones and all sorts of crap out there that are based on it. After that came Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s October comment at Columbia University, “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.” That was pure political business and he really actually benefited from the booing that made up the reaction. Brad Pitt saying that he and Angelina Jolie would probably “crap out” about 7 kids in the coming years gets near the top of my list. [source]

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